Thursday 24 May 2018

Pompeo: US to help North Korea economy if it gives up nuclear weapons

Mike Pompeo held a joint news conference with South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha after returning from Pyongyang.

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, left, poses with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service/AP)
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, left, poses with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service/AP)

By Associated Press reporter

The US secretary of state has said the United States is willing to help North Korea with its economy if it gets rid of its nuclear weapons.

Mike Pompeo made the announcement at a joint news conference with South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha.

He was speaking the day after returning from Pyongyang with three American detainees released by North Korea.

Mr Pompeo said the goal of talks with North Korea is complete and verifiable denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

He added he had “good” and “substantive” conversations with leader Kim Jong Un during his visit.

Mr Kang says there must be “airtight” coordination between South Korea and the US ahead of President Donald Trump’s upcoming meeting with Mr Kim.

Press Association

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